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Dear Nicky

The Duke of Burgundy is the Goldilocks of the butterfly world because just like Goldilocks, this butterfly is very difficult to please.

Changes in farming and forestry have wiped out much of the habitat that meets the Duke’s very specific requirements and butterfly numbers are tumbling.

Changing sheep grazing regimes can help protect Cowslips, providing food for Duke of Burgundy caterpillars. Woodland can be managed to stop the dappled glades and woodland paths the butterfly relies on, from becoming overgrown.


Your donation will allow us to target this species in the places where it is struggling most, creating new areas of habitat and connecting suitable sites together.

£10 could buy 25g of Cowslip seed to provide food for Duke of Burgundy caterpillars.

£25 could pay for a site visit from our skilled ecologists to advise on improving habitat for Dukes.

£50 could provide tools for our volunteers who work hard to keep the habitat in perfect condition.

£100 could run a workshop for land managers, showing them how to help this vulnerable butterfly.

Image credits: Peter Eeles, Steve Maskell, Sam Ellis, Kelly Thomas

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